We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Miguel's Cocina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
+1 760-759-1843
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 306: English reviews
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are from Ohio and were looking for some good Mexican food. We found this place and decided to give it a try. To start the place is very clean. We got sat right away. You get chips, salsa and queso with your meal which were all good. We both got a margarita which were average. For dinner I got... More 

Thank Sean J
Indio, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good margaritas. The fish tacos were tasty and good size with lots of trimmings. Service was great, lots of TV to watch.

Thank RosesintheDesert
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was not anything I would go back for. Just the usual chain type Mexican food. Margarita was bland.

Thank jtalak2268
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

not only do you get salsa and chips to start but a YUMMY queso dip that won't want to share - caution save room for main course : )

Thank funnygirl816
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

They actually use "real" expresso in the martini. The food was excellent. It was a beautiful California day during the lunch hour we were there. We met friends for lunch and all of us were happy with the menu items we selected.

Thank donnatherealtor
Fontana, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The chips were old and prices were about average. The service was quick but selection were okay. I don't think I will return.

Thank HappyJas2017
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here because it was close to our hotel. I asked the waitress to recommend some not spicey items because of my sensitive stomach. (So why go to a. Mexican restaurant!?). I do like some of the things that are Mexican dishes! She tried but the taco she recommended was spicey and not a crunchy she'll, which I prefer. On... More 

Thank ski2pla
Hurricane, Utah
Level Contributor
44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting the Carlsbad area and this restaurant was recommended to us. We were not disappointed! We ate lunch here - I'm not sure if the dinner prices are more. The staff was friendly and the food was really tasty. The portions are huge! If we ever are in this area again we will definitely return.

Thank R L B
Level Contributor
41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch there today salsa was great and chips were warm they also had a achieved dip that was real good too. I ordered the fajita lunch with beef pork and chicken. The wife had the chicken chimichanga. Both our meals were excellent. The service was great. We'll keep them in the back of our minds for future trips here.

Thank Sam M
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great basic Mexican food. The swordfish tacos are a must eat! Rice and beans are flavorable but not stellar.

Thank Jill T

Travellers who viewed Miguel's Cocina also viewed


Been to Miguel's Cocina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1843

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Miguel's Cocina and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
San Diego, California
1 month ago
Winnipeg, Canada
over a year ago
Rochester, Michigan
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Miguel's Cocina staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?